A look at virtual banking in EVE Online

EVE Online is set apart from most MMOs out there in that players find ways to establish and run large financial ventures within the game. What's interesting is that although such initiatives aren't developer-supported, players still put together banks, IPOs, and other types of investments peripherally to EVE and its game mechanics. The sandbox nature of the game paired with EVE's API allow for ventures of this sort. Dynasty Bank is one choice that players have that's been turning heads of late, but EBANK is the focus of a recent EVE-Tribune piece. EBANK has accrued over one trillion ISK and over 2750 customers, making it -- according to their 2007-2008 annual report -- "the largest financial entity ever seen in EVE."

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